Dead Irish Blues

Nightflying Magazine

Review of "We're Serious This Time"

This is a hoot! It features a whole bunch of traditional tunes with the addition of several songs written by one Greg Faiers, who sings, plays guitar, bass, tenor banjo, harmonica, kazoo, and just generally makes percussive noises. Ed Hritz takes the lead vocally on the traditional "The Derelict" (AKA Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum!) and Wayne MacEwan does the lead vocal on "Black Lung" written by Jack Shaw and recorded with permission. Let's see, oh yeah, there's also one written by Weldon Rogers, which is in the public domain and to which Greg Faiers has added some lyrics, called "Tavern on the Moon." Marty Faiers whips up some fine fiddlin' and mandolin pickin' while Wayne MacEwan adds Bodhran, spoons, and bones, and a whole slew of people add their voices and God only knows what else while presenting themselves as the Mighty Dibtones. This incredible piece of nonsense reminiscent of Hypnotic Clambake was recorded during 2009 - 2011 in The Basement at Johnstown, Pennsylvania. For booking and / or information visitwww.deadirishblues.com. Bound to look like a monkey indeed.

Shreveport Times

Alexandyr Kent, Shreveport Times: "Greg is a witty singer and fiery guitar player, and Marty is a champion fiddler. Whatever style of folk music they play - Celtic, blues, jug band, swing, or old-time - these musicians make traditional forms sound vital and warm. Dead Irish Blues celebrates the great songs of old and adds its own ditties to (the) ever-growing annals of folk history.”

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Review of Never Here


"Celtic allusions aside, acoustic duo Dead Irish Blues comes most from the perspective of a '60's folkie (that would be Bluff City-born leader Greg Faiers). A reading of the Memphis Jug Band's 'On the Road Again,' done with a nod to pre-Grateful Dead outfit Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, tips you off to the true spirit here, a rambling world view that encompasses Scottish laments, polkas, country ballads, old-timey tunes, blues, spirituals, and whatever else happens to hit their folk alliance fancy. With Fayetteville-raised partner Marty Faiers on fiddle (a Galax contest winner no less), Greg Faiers fronts the couple on a mix of traditional and original material, notably the kazoo romp "Bunkie" and the spiritual-turned-topical closer "Time is Winding Up," with adapted lyrics about 'Osama, Saddam, Bush, Cheney, Drunkards and Pot-heads."

Jackson (MS) Free Press

Herman Snell, Jackson (MS) Free Press "You can't find a more eclectic melting pot of traditional music anywhere"

Rockpage

Review of live performance:

At this point, I decided to depart Folkfest for a little while to see what was happening at Cambria City Ethnic Festival. With free shuttle service now available between the two festivals, I took the bus down the pike to Cambria City. I headed up Chestnut Street to St. Columba's Church to catch my first look at Dead Irish Blues, performing under the tent. Featuring guitarist/singer Greg Faiers, champion fiddler Marty Faiers, flute, whistle and bagpiper Ed Hritz and percussionist Wayne MacEwan, Dead Irish Blues played a unique blend of traditional Celtic, folk and blues, including their own original compositions. Some of the selections the group did included "Irish Rover," "Ploughboy," their own original "Irish Volunteers," "Johnstown Mills," "Paddy Works on the Railroad," "Whiskey in the Jar" and more. I was impressed with Dead Irish Blues' overall skill, especially some of the fiddle fireworks offered up by Marty. At one point, a second fiddler, young guest Ryan Frederick (Brian Cernic), joined the group to contribute extra fiddle-sawing on "Flop-Eared Mule."